About this project
The aim of this website is to promote interest in Myanmar's amazing history.
Our hope is to challenge the often two-dimensional and uncritical views of history taught in Myanmar by reexamining key periods in the country's past. We would like as well to reveal the rich multicultural nature of Myanmar's history and its deep and ongoing ties to global events and trends.
Finally, this website will also delve into the history of neighbouring regions, such as Yunnan in China and the Northeast in India, in the hope of introducing these places to a Myanmar audience.
We believe that meeting Myanmar's many challenges today will require fresh imaginative thinking. This is turn will only be possible with a clear and critical understanding of Myanmar and global history.
This website is initially based on Thant Myint-U's Facebook page. From 2012-208 he posted over 4,000 posts, the vast majority linked to Myanmar's history. These are now being translated in Myanmar and will form the foundations of this website. We hope by placing these posts, in Myanmar and on this website, they will be more accessible.
The intention though is to grow this website, by including new posts, as well as through new and interactive ways of thinking of Myanmar history.
This website is a project of U Thant House, a museum and leading discussion centre in Yangon, dedicated to the former UN Secretary-General and the issues he cared about the most, including peace, sustainable development, the environment, and human rights.
For more information, please see: uthanthouse.org
The development of this website was made possible by a generous grant from the Government of Denmark and the support of Phandeeyar, Myanmar's leading technology hub.
Dr. Thant Myint-U
U Thant House Chairman and Project Head
Dr Thant Myint-U is an award-winning writer, historian, and former Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations and as the Chief of Policy Planning in the UN's Department of Political Affairs. His three books include the best-selling "Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia". He is also the Founder of the Yangon Heritage Trust and a Founding Partner of the Ava Advisory Group.
Li Jia Li
Jia Li is an experienced web developer and designer. He is interested in Civic Tech and always looking for opportunities to use his tech and design skills for social changes. Currently, he is working at Phandeeyar as Web Developer / UI Designer for Open Development Myanmar, an open data portal for Myanmar. Before joining Phandeeyar, he also worked with organizations such as Open Myanmar Initiative, Maepaysoh (Election Hack Challenge) and hacked in many hackathons to make changes with Technology.
Website Adviser and Translator
Su Nwe (Luna) is a program coordinator at U Thant House and manages www.lostfootsteps.org website. She completed her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Yangon University of Economics. Previously she has worked with various businesses and NGOs on translation, editing, event management and research. She also worked as a journalist and a writer, publishing over 100 articles and two article collection books on social issues. She also teaches business courses and gives motivational lectures to youths on a voluntary basis.
Website Editor and Consultant
Christian Gilberti is a historian, journalist, writer and PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an American and has a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.St. in History from the University of Oxford. He lived in Myanmar for three years and has written on topics related to Myanmar history and culture for a number of periodicals including Myanmore Magazine, Southeast Asia Globe, Frontier Myanmar, and the Mekong Review.
Zin Mar Myint
Website Editor and Translator
Zin Mar Myint grew up in a middle-class family in Yangon. She identifies as Burmese (even though her not-too-far ancestors were Indian and Chinese). Zin Mar Myint has been a writer/translator/journalist ever since she found her passion for writing and her country 8 years ago. She has an undergraduate degree from University of Pharmacy, Yangon and a Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University. She is currently working toward a PhD in peace journalism at Queensland University of Technology.